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Quondam: An Ancient Mirrors Tale (Ancient Mirrors) [Paperback]

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According to legend, only the dragonspawn born of both Man and dragon can unseat the usurper queen and restore order and magick to Quondam. When Cwen of dracmor falls through a mysterious portal into Quondam, she discovers her fate and the world's are intertwined in ways that will drag her, heartbroken and vengeful, into the heart of a devastating war.

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Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.8" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Synergy Books
ISBN  193353883X  
ISBN13  9781933538839  

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Fantasy  Aug 27, 2008
By far my favorite book in the whole series. It finally depicts Cwen as a woman with needs, wants, desires and feelings. A child cursed from birth is who Cwen has been foreseen to be the savior of. She has no idea the extent of the curse of the Islander, but soon all will be revealed.

She is beaten and thought dead, tossed into the sea by the nomads; someone evil is out to rid the world of Aradanian blood. She is left a broken woman with fear of man, and no memories of her prior life. The Islander nurtures her and helps her regain her health for near a year, and then when she learns what the dragonspawn truly is she frees him from the prison he has been condemned to for the past 1000 years.

Along her journey Cwen meets a lifelong friend, the man who will shatter her heart for it is made of stone, and the evil Queen Kerid that has destroyed all of her family. She must learn to be the woman she once was, and she must learn to be the woman she needs to be to hold the dragon's heart.

As I said, by far this is my favorite book in all of the Ancient Mirrors series. The characters were so life like and expressed such emotion, it is difficult to not feel like you're part of the story. I hope there are more books to follow this one, and with Ms. Gibson being such a skilled storyteller, I am sure more is to come.
The fourth and final installment of the "Ancient Mirrors" fantasy series   Jul 12, 2008
The fourth and final installment of the "Ancient Mirrors" fantasy series has arrived with "Quondam". The "Ancient Mirrors" series is a line of stories where women do not submit helplessly before men; "Quondam" is no different, following Cwen as she finds herself in another world whose problems will engulf her own world unless she does something to stop it. She must overthrow a Queen to save both worlds in this riveting fantasy. A must for community library collections dedicated to the genre.
A fairy tale for grown ups  May 20, 2008
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (5/08)

It was such a pleasure to be able to get my hands on the latest edition in the "Ancient Mirrors Tale" series by Jayel Gibson. "Quondam" begins when the evil Queen Karid sends a fire-breathing assassin through a magical portal, into another world, to destroy people whom she fears are a danger to her. Karid's ordered assassination attempts pull two women through the portal into Quondam. One of them is Cwen. She holds a special power to link her to the Dragon spawn. This is a half man/half dragon being that has been held in exile on an island for over a thousand years. Queen Karid's attempts to fight the prophecy that links Cwen to D'raekn, the dragon spawn, only manage to push them together.

When Cwen manages to end up on D'raekn's island of imprisonment, she appears to have been beaten to death. Followers of the queen have horribly violated her. Believing her to be dead, she is dumped into the sea and rescued by mere folk. D'raeken plays a role in her healing. Having been emotionally broken by her abusers, he also has to gain her trust. An intimate moment between the two begins awakening the dormant magical powers of the land. Previously the queen tried to kill off all the magical beings and hold any powers for herself. Now the land is awakening, and so are many of the magical inhabitants who have kept themselves hidden.

D'raekn and Cwen must work together to see that the prophecies come true. Having people that they believe to be their allies, working against them for their own selfish reasons, works against them. More mysteries surrounding D'raekn must be solved for them to find the answers that they seek.

I really, truly loved this story and hated to see "Quondam" end. The magical elements add so much to the story. The feelings between D'raekn and Cwen are tumultuous and in need of some answers. The history behind the prophecy of the dragon spawn was fascinating and unique. Ultimately, this being, which was brought about in a unique manner, has to decide whether or not to choose to be a man or a dragon. Others decide that his love for Cwen must not get in the way of his decision. They have a lot working against them, yet through it all, their love has to prevail. Fans of fantasy novels will love "Quondam." Readers who have been following the other books in the Ancient Mirrors Tale series will not be disappointed.


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